Welcome fellow OCN’ers !
As we all know the NFC technology has come leaps and bounds and is spreading quickly into various different methods of both use and deployment. Most of us know NFC from our usage of contactless payments or for quick information transfer from our mobile phones (Cell phones for the American readers :P). I am sure most of you have seen the NFC posters/stickers that are dotted around information kiosks that allow quick access to that important travel information or V-card like information that allows us to send our contact details. In reality NFC has a lot of potential and many applications, more so recently with the ability to now implant NFC Chips with read and write capability directly into the human body.
Being a tech head like all of you here this caught my attention straight away, I guess at first it was the ”Cool” factor, but when you look into it, the benefits start to become apparent ! So I guess it goes without saying I purchased two of these implants and had them injected into both my Right and Left hands. I wanted to share my experience as well as some pertinent information as to the capabilities and just why in the heck you may want to to start injecting tech into your bodies, lets get started………………
What is it ?
Well in all honesty the best place to read up on exactly what it is would be the FAQ on the Dangerous Things website. However here is a small quote taken from their FAQ also linked below.
The xNT is a high frequency 13.56mhz transponder based on the NTAG216 chip. The NTAG216 has 888 bytes of user programmable memory, 32 bit password protection security features, and is both ISO14443A and NFC Type 2 compliant. You can use the xNT with both commercial systems that work with ISO14443A as well as NFC devices like mobile phones and new ISO14443A and NFC hobby electronics as well. There are several hobby electronics readers and reader kits available, including one we sell, that work with Arduino and other micro-controllers commonly used by hobbyists and product engineers alike.
Furthermore you can also read about the origin or this idea and the project overall on the xNTi fundraising page:
Is it safe ?
Below is an excerpt taken from Amal (Creator)
Hi guys 🙂
Our glass tags use Schott bioglass, biosafe epoxy resin, and biosafe resin coating on the copper antenna coil wire. We’ve done crush testing and have posted our results to our Facebook page; http://facebook.com/dangerousthings – in short, the tags are extremely fragile when outside the body and placed between two unforgiving metal plates, but once implanted into flesh (we used raw chicken as an analog), they can put up with quite a bit of pressure/force. We maxed out the machine at 500N and still the tags did not break.
We feel the extremely low read range of the tags themselves offer enough privacy protection since a direct read of a tag would need to be very up close and personal. Also, since our xNT uses an NTAG216 chip, the user has the option to protect the memory contents of their tag using a password, so no random passer-by could read it. The NTAG216 also supports elliptic curve authenticity encryption so you can query the tag in a secure way to ensure it is a tag you’re talking to and not an emulator. This increases overall system safety.
What you receive
Currently as far as I know these NFC Implants are only available in the US from a company named ”Dangerous Things”, so I had to patiently wait about 10 days….Lets see what we got in the package.
As you can see I received two separate implant packages due to the fact I required one for my left hand and one for the right. Yes that is right, you can also see numbing cream and clingfilm for numbing the implant area, generally I would not do this if it was a Tattoo….but these needles are somewhat bigger and we will get to that.
In each package you received the following:
– 1x sterile xNT 2x12mm bioglass tag pre-loaded in EO gas sterilized injector assembly
– 1x single use ChloraPrep skin prep ampoule with cotton scrub tip
– 1x sterile gauze pad for post-injection wound care
– 1x sterile anti-bacterial adhesive bandage
– 1x pair of non-sterile, non-latex surgical gloves
All comes vacuum packed and sealed as you would expect for anything surgical.
At this point I have to be responsible and point out that this is a body modification and should be carried out by a professional such as a Doctor or Body Modification professional. These are placed in the hands where we have all sorts of sensitive elements such as bones, tendons, nerves and muscle and for health and safety reasons should not be done yourself or by a novice.
As you can see below the Implants are place under the skin between the thumb and index finger.
As you can see below I wrapped my hands in clingfilm which had a generous amount of numbing cream underneath to reduce the pain from the procedure, it was rather awkward to wrap the clingfilm round my hand as you can see.
After the procedure I just wanted to show you the size of the needles in question…oh and of course my blood from the ordeal !
Now due to the bleeding and wanting to get my hands under wraps fairly quickly I was unable to take a picture directly after the procedure but did take one a couple days later. As you can see the incision is very small and heals fairly quickly but expect a small scar. All in all it was not overly painful, perhaps uncomfortable. If my hands had not been numbed I would imagine it would have been the other way round, why suffer if you do not have to !
What are the benefits from these implants
Honestly the applications are fairly boundless when it comes to the NFC technology itself. Here are some examples of uses
*Unlock devices (Phones/Tablets etc)
*Home/Business security systems (Scan you as a recognized person and allowing you access)
*Storing Information (All be it limited text strings)
*Many various NFC based triggers such as on Android/Apple devices
*Making Payments (Not yet available)
……..and so many more.
See below for some great sources that expand further on some of the uses and the NFC xNTi implant as a whole:
Well that is it folks, my small experience with the xNTi NFC Implant. Currently I have only really set it up for my phone but I am looking to integrate it with the rest of my IT based systems for wireless authentication.
If you have any questions then please feel free to fire away.
Thanks for reading,
This is not a sponsored article. Items were purchased myself in order to create a fan based article.